Costa Rica pleased with Asian tour performances

Action from the October 14, 2014, friendly between Costa Rica (white jersey) and host Korea Republic in Seoul. (Photo courtesy of 

SEOUL, Korea Republic – After completing a two-game tour of Asia with a pair of wins, Costa Rica head coach Paulo Cesar Wanchope was pleased by his team’s play.

Victories over Oman (4-3 on October 10) and Korea Republic (3-1 on October 14) were the ideal follow-up to a Central American Cup title achieved just a month earlier. 

“We were efficient in defense and ball possession was very good,” said Wanchope.

Against the Koreans, Celso Borges scored two goals and Oscar Duarte had one for a Ticos side that was forced to withstand intense pressure by the host.

“It was what we expected,” Wanchope noted.  “Korea is a team that knows how to reduce spaces.  We could have also been more efficient in defense.

“It was vital to break Korea’s pressure.”

Borges saw it as a solid performance from the World Cup quarterfinalist.

“I am interested more in that the team was good today,” said the AIK midfielder.  “We touched the ball well, organized defensively and that leaves all of us more satisfied.  We have to keep demonstrating the respect people have for us, which we gained during the World Cup.”

Costa Rica is idle until November 13, when it visits Uruguay for a rematch of their memorable 2014 FIFA World Cup encounter, won 3-1 by the Central Americans.